Charles Painter Spear arrested in Monkey Burglar case - Tucson News Now

Arrest made in Monkey Burglar case

Anyone with information on this suspect is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME. Anyone with information on this suspect is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
Charles Painter Spear (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Charles Painter Spear (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Police have made an arrest in a string of burglaries dating to December 2012.

Former chiropractor Charles Painter Spear, 38, has been arrested, the Pima County Sheriff's Department announced over the weekend.

A second suspect is still on the loose and authorities are asking for help identifying him.

Police departments in Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana and the Pima County Sheriff's Department continue to search for a man who allegedly robbed many local businesses. At least 60 cases are attributed to the two suspects, dubbed "the monkey burglar" and his side-kick.

All of the incidents show similarities: a rock is thrown through the glass front door of a business window, usually in a professional plaza. When the suspect is inside the building, he jumps the counter or front desk and takes cash and other valuables from drawers and desks in the lobby area.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has dealt with 24 cases alone, with damage costs estimated to range between $12,000 and $15,000.

Police note that Spear wears a facial mask to cover a disfigurement.

Police cannot tie the two suspects together at the same crime scene.

Anyone with information on the second suspect is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • BREAKING: Police investigate homicide on Tucson's east side

    BREAKING: Police investigate homicide on Tucson's east side

    Sunday, June 25 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-06-25 05:17:01 GMT

    Tucson Police said a man died, and a homicide investigation is underway on the east side. TPD Sergeant Kimberly Bay said it happened Saturday night in the 2300 block of South Saddleback Ave, near Golf Links, east of Pantano. TPD did not immediately release information on a suspect. Tucson News Now has a crew heading to the scene, and will post updates as they become available. MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices. Copyright ...

    Tucson Police said a man died, and a homicide investigation is underway on the east side. TPD Sergeant Kimberly Bay said it happened Saturday night in the 2300 block of South Saddleback Ave, near Golf Links, east of Pantano. TPD did not immediately release information on a suspect. Tucson News Now has a crew heading to the scene, and will post updates as they become available. MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices. Copyright ...

  • Crowds pray for rain at annual El Dia de San Juan fiesta

    Crowds pray for rain at annual El Dia de San Juan fiesta

    Saturday, June 24 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-06-25 03:46:16 GMT
    The community came together when they heard the annual tradition might be canceled (Source: Tucson News Now).The community came together when they heard the annual tradition might be canceled (Source: Tucson News Now).

    On Saturday night dozens of people gathered for the annual welcoming of the Monsoon. It’s the celebration of El Dia de San Juan held near downtown Tucson.

    On Saturday night dozens of people gathered for the annual welcoming of the Monsoon. It’s the celebration of El Dia de San Juan held near downtown Tucson. “I would love the rain right now!” attendee, Ana Karina Rodriguez said.

  • Crew shares bird's-eye video, Frye Fire nearly 30% contained

    Crew shares bird's-eye video, Frye Fire nearly 30% contained

    Saturday, June 24 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-06-25 03:00:26 GMT
    Fire crews said the flames have burned in a mosaic pattern around the Heliograph Communication Site (Source: Frye Fire).Fire crews said the flames have burned in a mosaic pattern around the Heliograph Communication Site (Source: Frye Fire).

    Crews fighting the Frye Fire near Mount Graham have made progress battling the flames, according to an update from the incident management team. The fire, which has burned more than 29,000 acres, was sparked by a lightning strike on June 7.

    Crews fighting the Frye Fire near Mount Graham have made progress battling the flames, according to an update from the incident management team. The fire, which has burned more than 29,000 acres, was sparked by a lightning strike on June 7.

Powered by Frankly